LSU swept Wichita State in a three-game series last weekend, snapping a skid of three losses in four games for the Tigers.
Here are a few takeaways from the series from The Advocate's Luke Johnson:
1. That’s how you rebound
Entering this weekend, LSU had lost three of its past four games. Though all three of them were close games and the Tigers didn’t necessarily play poorly, the weekend they had against Wichita State was a resounding bounce-back performance. LSU swept the series by a combined score of 27-8, and that would’ve been even more skewed in LSU’s favor had it not been for some off performances by a few members of the bullpen. Surely that’s something LSU is going to need to shore up as the season progresses, but all in all it was a dominant weekend. LSU played outstanding defense behind outstanding pitching, and its lineup — particularly the upper half of the lineup — mashed the Shockers’ pitching staff.
Entering this weekend’s series against Wichita State, LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri chang…
2. How about that starting pitching?
It’s worth pointing out that Wichita State’s lineup is not going to strike fear into many teams, but the line thrown up by the starting pitchers this weekend is still notable. In 21 innings, LSU’s starters did not allow a run to cross the plate, and they struck out more batters (15) than they allowed to reach base via walk or hit (12). The most encouraging part about the weekend was the way ace Alex Lange responded to the worst outing of his career last Friday against TCU. Lange allowed just two hits in eight brilliant innings, showing no ill effects from his clunker the week before. Take out that Lange outlier, and LSU’s weekend rotation has allowed six earned runs in 69 innings.
The mustache lives another week.
3. Potential for a huge year
After watching what Kramer Robertson, Cole Freeman and Antoine Duplantis did this weekend, the happiest guy in the locker room should be cleanup hitter Greg Deichmann. With traffic on base in front of him all weekend, the junior outfielder enjoyed another great series, with two home runs and six RBIs. Through 16 games, Deichmann has hit seven home runs and has driven in 23. Extrapolating those numbers out to a full 56-game season would equal roughly 24 home runs and 80 RBIs — and that would be before LSU even reaches the Southeastern Conference tournament. Remember, Deichmann hit five homers in the postseason in 2016.
The LSU baseball team received a big night from its big-time players, which was more than en…